Our nursery ministry is intended to provide loving care for the youngest ones in our church family.
While children of all ages are welcome in our worship service, we do provide a nursery for children ages newborn to three years, for those families who wish to utilize it.
Our time with these little ones is spent singing songs, engaging them in play, and teaching simple lessons about our Lord, so that parents may worship undistracted.
What to Expect:
Our goal is to provide a safe and loving environment for your child(ren).
- The nursery is available to children ages newborn to 3 years.
- Nursery workers will arrive, and open the nursery 10 minutes prior to the service. (The nursery is not currently available during the Sunday School hour.)
- We will have 2 adult (18 or over) workers in the nursery at all times. (If we do not have 2 adults, the nursery will be closed for that service.)
- All of our nursery workers have submitted to, and passed, a background check.
- Parents and grandparents should not enter the nursery beyond what is necessary for checking-in, and settling a child, unless they have a background check, and are a scheduled volunteer. This can cause distractions and unnecessary tears for little ones who may be having a difficult time. (Nursing mothers are permitted in the nursery to care for their child.)
- We will make every effort to engage an unhappy child through activities and attention. If a child is inconsolable (10 minutes of non-stop crying), we will contact his parent.
- We have a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate contact of any kind.
- Men will not change diapers or go into the bathroom with any child; only women may change diapers or assist children in the bathroom.
We desire to provide the safest possible environment for your child. Therefore, we operate a well-baby nursery. Out of consideration for the families involved, and for the protection of all the children (and the workers) in our ministry, we ask that you keep your child home if he displays any of the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Cold (symptoms in last 24 hours)
- Persistent cough
- Sore throat
- Vomiting (in the past 72 hours)
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Exposure to Communicable Diseases (Chicken Pox, Fifth’s Disease, Hand Foot & Mouth, etc.)
- Any other sign of illness
In order to return to the nursery following an illness:
A child must be fever-free – without the aid of fever-reducing medication – for 24 hours.
For stomach bugs, a child may not have had any episodes of vomiting within the past 72 hours.
For all other illnesses, we ask that your child be symptom free – without the aid of medication – for 24 hours.
(Please remember, cold & cough, or allergy medications, and fever reducers only mask symptoms. They do not prevent the transmission of illness to others.)
If your child has non-contagious symptoms, please obtain a note from your doctor to help us properly care for him as well as others.
Thank you in advance for helping us keep our nursery a healthy environment for all.
We do understand that children may suddenly become ill. Should your child exhibit any signs of illness while in the care of the nursery, we will isolate him from the other children, and contact you immediately. A child who becomes ill may not remain in the nursery.
Nursery Cleaning Procedures
The health and well-being of your child is very important to us. That is why we strive to make our nursery the cleanest room in the church. Listed below are the steps we take to ensure the cleanliness of the nursery. If you see something that you believe needs attention, please do not hesitate to let us know.
- All hard toys are cleaned with disinfectant after each service (or after special events).
- Crib sheets or blankets are changed after every use.
- All spills are cleaned up immediately.
- Workers sanitize their hands after each diaper change or wiping a nose.
- Non-latex gloves are provided for nursery workers’ use.
- The nursery rooms are cleaned weekly (or after special events).
What to Bring
Please include the following items in your child’s diaper bag:
1. Two or three diapers and wipes.
2. Pacifier, blanket, or other security object - should your child need it for comfort. (Please include a pacifier attachment so that the pacifier cannot be easily shared with others.)
3. A complete change of clothes.
4. A bottle of milk, formula, juice, or water.
(Please mark all personal items with your child’s name before coming into the nursery.)
Nursery workers cannot dispense medication to children. Please do not store medication in your child’s diaper bag.
Parents and grandparents should not enter the nursery beyond what is necessary for checking-in, and settling a child, unless they have a background check, and are a scheduled volunteer. This can cause distractions and unnecessary tears for little ones who may be having a difficult time. (Nursing mothers are permitted in the nursery to care for their child.)
Please be considerate of those volunteering in the nursery, and pick-up your child promptly after the end of the service.
You must not leave the church campus while your child is in our nursery. You need to be readily available in the event of an emergency.